The 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Luncheon was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel today and honored the nominees in television, recording, literature, motion picture, directing and writing.
Hosting the luncheon was actor and sketch comedian, Affion Crockett whose latest project includes an untitled Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett Sketch Comedy show on FOX is set to air this year. “The show is about me being me, doing impressions and parodies- what I’m known for. I’m going to take it to the next level though.” We asked Affion is he had anything up his sleeve for today’s hosting gig, being a funnyman and all. “I love improv and I will be working with the tone of the room- that’s my process. I don’t know I may have something up my sleeve.” What’s up next for Affion? He’s working with close director pal Malcolm Lee on a few new projects.
Chandra Wilson from Grey’s Anatomy was also in attendance as a nominee for best actress in a Dramatic Series. She told us that being nominated feels like “longevity.” She praised her ensemble cast and head writer Shonda Rhimes, to whom she gives credit to for writing such an amazing character for her to play. When we asked her what she had planned for Valentine’s Day she replied, “I finally have the day off so I guess I will have to find something to do.”
We also caught up with a glowing Tia Mowry, who is pregnant with her first child with husband Cory Hardrict and her twin sister, Tamera. The two are both nominated for best actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special for their roles in Lifetime’s Double Wedding. “We are very excited to be nominated for this movie that we created and executive produced. It is about two identical twins who accidentally fall in love with the same guy- and he has no idea. It is bittersweet to both be nominated because you have to be happy for each other either way.” The two looked absolutely stunning from head to two and shared with us their red carpet secrets. Tamera, who was wearing a David Meister dress, Bvlgari jewelry and shoes by one of her favorite designers, Rachel Roy told us she needs “lots of sleep and lots of water” to be red carpet ready. Tia told us that they had an amazing stylist named Alexis who styles both of the twins and was also sparkling in Bvlgari jewelry. Her little fashion confession to us? “I love Steve Madden shoes! They are so affordable and look great- you don’t always have to spend $600 on a pair of shoes. Steve Madden is unbelievable.